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Jenny Tseng (Chinese: 甄妮, Yan Nei; born Yan Suk Si (simplified Chinese: 甄淑诗; traditional Chinese: 甄淑詩; pinyin: Zhēn shū shī); 20 February 1953) is a Macau singer, actress and producer, mostly known in Cantonese-speaking regions, based in Hong Kong for much of her career. Tseng was one of the most popular female singers in Hong Kong during the Golden Age of Music and remained popular throughout the late 70s all through to the early 90s.
Yan Suk Si (甄淑詩)
20 February 1953
|Occupation||Singer, actress, producer|
Alexander Fu Sheng
(m. 1977; died 1983)
|Children||Melody Tseng (daughter)|
|Associated acts||Roman Tam |
|Yan Suk Si|
Her career has spawned for 4 decades, and she has become one of the most successful cantopop singers, she has released over 130 albums and sold over 10 million records worldwide
Early life and career beginningEdit
Tseng graduated from World News College (世界新聞專科學校) becoming the fourth person to do so in Taiwan. She eventually went to university at the Chinese Culture Institute (中國文化學院; now the Chinese Culture University). In an interview, Tseng stated that she intended to become a stewardess because she loved to travel.
During Tseng's time at university, producers from a movie asked whether she wanted to become part of the cast, she then asked to sing 2 English-numbers which eventually became a hit. She then went on to release her debut album "心湖" in Taiwan, through Galaxy Records (銀河唱片) in 1971, thus beginning a four-decade-and-counting career. After her parents divorced, her mother remarried and they relocated in Hong Kong.
Marriage and Hong Kong breakthroughEdit
In 1977 Tseng married Hong Kong martial arts film star Alexander Fu Sheng. The marriage was portrayed as turbulent in the media, however Tseng dispelled all the rumors during the 今夜不設防 interview in 1990 with long-term friends and collaborator James Wong.
In 1978 Tseng released her debut Hong Kong album "奮鬥" which broke records sales by selling 250,00 copies within the first 2 months, and was ranked top selling album for 12 weeks. According to the IFPI the albums total sales remains one of the highest. Her debut single "明日話今天" was voted and became a "Top Ten Hong Kong Golden Songs" one of the first songs to ever enter.
Continued Success and collaboration with Roman TamEdit
In 1981, Tseng and Fu-sheng founded their own independent music production company (JenFu), within the 2 years Tseng produced 3 platinum albums (不要再重逢，心聲，憶夢/木頭人) and two gold albums (衝擊，播音人).
In 1983 Jenny and Roman Tam launched the soundtrack for the hit TV series Legend of the Condor Heroes. The songs became instant hits with classics including: 鐵血丹心 and 世間始終你好 . As the drama in the eighties in the provinces broadcast in mainland China, "鐵血丹心" won the domestic pop music critic acclaimed as one of the top ten Chinese classics of the twentieth century. These collaborations are still continuously re-sung and are still the most successful and well-known collaborative songs.
Alexander Fu-Sheng's Death first career hiatusEdit
6 July 1983, Fu-Sheng, who was shooting in Clear Water Bay Road Studios, was in a Porsche 911 and crashed into a mountain during his drive, during which Tseng was in Japan. In 8 July 1983 after returning to Hong Kong Tseng declared Fu-Sheng had died, age 29; Tseng stopped all media appearances and flew back to Taiwan for a 15-month-break.
Comeback and Further SuccessEdit
In 1984, Tseng joined CBS / Sony and launched a new album, "再度孤獨／迷人的五月". The album sales were only matched by Alan Tam with "霧之戀 and 愛的根源" sales-wise finishing third behind him. She became the first ever female artist (second after Sam Hui 許冠傑) to sell out Hong Kong Coliseum where Joseph Koo (顧嘉煇) composed, a live recording was released and managed to sell 200,000 copies. She also made a notable appearance in the hit film 全家福 with Hui where the hit 無敵是愛 was released.
During the Jade Solid Gold Awards (new award show more developed and recognized compared to RTHK), Tseng won 3 times including 2 top 10 songs 再度孤独, 無敵是愛 (with Sam Hui, the first ever female singer of the year, losing to Tam). She would not win again until 2011 with her honour of the golden needle award.
Further Career and Melody TsengEdit
In 1985 Tseng released 明天會更好 a bestselling charity single. she also re-entered Hong Kong Coliseum to celebrate her 15 years being in the business 甄妮再見十五年演唱会. Meanwhile, she released 為你而歌 a nominated song during the Jade Solid Gold Awards.
By the end of 1986 Tseng released the soundtrack of the same name " 海上花". The song became very popular and won a RTHK top ten song awards, other notable hits from that year included: 最後的玫瑰, 冷冷的秋.
In 1987 Tseng controversially gave birth of a daughter "甄家平 (Melody)", and till this day there has been many speculations on who the father is but Tseng has remained secret stating that, 'that is her privacy' during the appearance james wong 黃霑 she stated that she and Fu sheng had difficulty bearing children and had 4 miscarriages, and that the person of whom this child is from is not marriage material. Strangely, in 2012 her long term friend Jessica Chen spoke out that the child was from Fu Sheng sayin "All martial arts film stars back in the days are worried that they might be rendered impotent from shooting accidents. That's why most of them have their sperm stored in hospitals. Alexander was one of them, which is how Melody was conceived,".
Tseng entered Hong Kong Coliseum for the last time until 2000 with the concert 甄妮88演唱會.
Second Career HiatusEdit
After the image change of Anita Mui and the rise of competition Tseng's appearances and promotions became notably fewer for the majority of the 90s. However, Tseng became one of the highest paid Hong Kong female recording artists in 1991.
With only a few appearances, Tseng made a notable appearance on her long term friends and collaborator Joseph Koo and James Wong (顧嘉煇•黃霑•真友情演唱會), along with many other artists they performed a total of 13 shows in the Hong Kong Coliseum, Guangzhou and Singapore.
Concerts and RevivalEdit
In 1999, Tseng was invited to participate James Wong and Joseph Koo millennium show "香港煇黃 2000 演唱會",. A total of 16 performances were completed in Hong Kong Coliseum, followed by performances in Singapore and Malaysia
On 10 March 2000 until 12 March after a 12-year break, Tseng re-entered the Hong Kong coliseum headlining a whole concert named "一份真 演唱會". The concert spawned 2 dated with both dates selling out and attendance rate of 100%.
In 2001 (有你有我演唱會), 2004 (停不了演唱会) and 2006 (自然瘋演唱會), Tseng held concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum, all 3 concerts were extremely successful, but the 自然瘋演唱會 sold out, and furthermore the audience refused to leave. Eventually the showed extended half an hour longer.
Long term collaboration partner Lau-Ka Cheong (劉家昌) invited Tseng for an appearance for the songs that he wrote for her in the "往事只能回味演唱會" concert.
愛SHOW Farewell World Tour and Golden Needle AwardEdit
After a 6-year break from doing concerts, Tseng announced her final concert tour which would last from 6 to 9 May at the Hong Kong Coliseum. The tour will through Taipei, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Guangzhou, Singapore and Genting tour. The tour continued all through the year and sold out once again 4 times. One of the dates was her 60th birthday, where over 12,000 people sang Happy Birthday for her.
On 18 August 2013, and on the 19th at the Hong Kong Coliseum for the "century love songs century superstar concert" (世紀情歌世紀情巨星演唱會) finale performances. Wakefield and Ouyang Feifei to join the chorus, the interpretation of songs "熱情的沙漠" became an unexpected climax of the night.
On 2 December 2011, Radio RTHK announced that Tseng was the "34th Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs" guest of honour receiving music industry's highest honour of the ‘Golden Needle Award’. She cleared the air by saying it was late but was thrilled. Later in 2011, she also performed a medley of her hits during the ceremony.
It was revealed that Tseng bought a large farm where she would reside after her world tour had finished. However, Tseng frequently holds concerts where she performs songs of her own as well as other artists.
RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs AwardsEdit
1978: 明日话今天 (female artist of the year was non-existent during this time)
1981: 東方之珠, and Female Singer of the year
Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards PresentationEdit
1984: 再度孤獨, 無敵是愛 with Sam Hui, Female Artist of the year
2011: Golden Needle Award (金針獎)